Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything

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Penguin, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 307 pages
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"Absolutely phenomenal... PArt of the beauty of this book is that it makes clear how memory and understanding are not two different things. BUilding up the ability to reason and the ability to retain information go hand in hand... THe book reminds us that we all start off with pretty much the same tools for the most part, and we can be intentional about strengthening them, or not."-Bill Gates "Captivating. . . HIs narrative is smart and funny and, like the work of Dr. OLiver Sacks, it's informed by a humanism that enables its author to place the mysteries of the brain within a larger philosophical and cultural context."-Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times "His passionate and deeply engrossing book. . . Is a resounding tribute to the muscularity of the mind. . .. IN the end, Moonwalking with Einstein reminds us that though brain science is a wild frontier and the mechanics of memory little understood, our minds are capable of epic achievements."-The Washington Post "Joshua Foer's book. . . Is both fun and reassuring. ALl it takes to have a better memory, he contends, are a few tricks and a good erotic imagination."-Maureen Dowd, The New York Times "Highly entertaining."-Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker "It's delightful to travel with him on this unlikely journey, and his entertaining treatment of memory as both sport and science is spot on. . .. MOonwalking with Einstein proves uplifting: It shows that with motivation, focus, and a few clever tricks, our minds can do rather extraordinary things."-The Wall Street Journal "It's a terrific book: sometimes weird but mostly smart, funny, and ultimately a lovely exploration of the ways that we preserve our lives and our world in the golden amber of human memory."-Deborah Blum, New Scientist "Foer's book is relevant and entertaining as he shows us ways we can unlock our own talent to remember more."-USA Today "A fascinating scientific analysis of mnemonic mysteries. WHat we remember, [Foer] says, defines who we are."-Entertainment Weekly "Sprightly, entertaining. . . [Foer] has a gift for communicating fairly complex ideas in a manner that is palatable without being patronizing."-Financial Times "[An] inspired and well-written debut book about not just memorization, but about what it means to be educated and the best way to become so, about expertise in general, and about the not-so-hidden 'secrets' of acquiring skills."-The Seattle Times "[An] instant bestseller."-San Francisco Chronicle "Funny, curious, erudite, and full of useful details about ancient techniques of training memory."-The Boston Globe "With originality, high energy, and an appealing blend of chutzpah and humility, [Foer] writes of his own adventures and probes the history and literature of memory, the science of how the brain functions, and the connections between memory, identity, and culture. . .. MOonwalking with Einstein. . . Is engaging and timely."-The Jewish Week "A smart, thoughtful, engaging book."-The Portland Oregonian "Charming. . . THe book is part of a grand tradition, the writer as participating athlete, reminiscent of George Plimpton taking up football in Paper Lion."-O, The Oprah Magazine "[A] wonderful first book."-Newcity "Fascinating."-Town & Country "For one year, Foer tried to attain total recall, extracting secrets from the top researchers, the real Rain Man, and the world's memory champs. HE triumphed, both in his quest and in this lively account, which is, no exaggeration, unforgettable."-Parade "In recounting his year in training for the USA Memory Championship, journalist Foer delivers a rich history of memory."-Discover Magazine "Foer's history of memory is rich with information about the nature of memory and how it makes us who we are."-Scientific American "A brief and pithy recounting of Foer's exploration of the fuzzy borders of his brain-a marveling at how and why it's able to do something quite unexpected. . .. MOonwalking wit
 

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A book seemingly about memory that turns out to be about that nature of expertise and deliberate practice in the hands of a focused individual. Read full review

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User Review  - Alliebadger - LibraryThing

I like the premise, but the author spends very little of the book on his experience with improving his memory. He gets bogged down in the history; almost like he did way more research than was ... Read full review

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Contents

THE MAN WHO REMEMBERED TO O MUCH
21
THE EXPERT EXPERT
49
THE MOST FORGETFUL MAN IN THE WORLD
69
F
89
HOW TO MEMORIZE A POEM
107
THE END OF REMEN1BERING
137
THE OK PLATEAU
163
THE TALENTED TENTH 137
187
THE LITTLE RAIN MAN IN ALL OF US
211
EVEN
237
EPILOGUE
259
Acknowledgments
273
Bibliography
289
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Joshua Foer was born in Washington, DC in 1982 and lives in New Haven, CT with his wife Dinah. His writing has appeared in National Geographic, Esquire, Slate, Outside, the New York Times, and other publications. He is the co-founder of the Atlas Obscura, an online guide to the world's wonders and curiosities. He is also the co-founder of the architectural design competition, Sukkah City. Moonwalking with Einstein is his first book.

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